For immediate release: Jun 19, 2008
Posted by: [GOV]
Contact: Brad Rateike
Phone: 317/232-1800

State to receive $2.4 million for emergency unemployment assistance

INDIANAPOLIS (June 19, 2008) - Governor Mitch Daniels today announced that Indiana will receive a $2.4 million National Emergency Grant (NEG) from the U.S. Department of Labor to provide temporary employment for up to 200 workers dislocated by recent severe weather and flooding. 

"The past few weeks have shown the caring and pitch-in attitude that Hoosiers bring each other in a time of need, and now we'll have more assistance to help people get back on their feet," said Daniels.

The emergency funds will be used to provide temporary jobs to assist in recovery efforts, including the clean-up, demolition, repair, renovation and reconstruction of destroyed public structures, facilities and lands within affected communities.  Funds also will be used for projects that provide food, clothing, shelter and other types of humanitarian assistance, including work on the homes of economically disadvantaged individuals who are eligible for the federally funded energy efficiency program. 

The Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD) submitted an application for NEG funds on June 10, two days after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared 29 counties eligible for FEMA's Public Assistance Program.  The NEG funds will be administered by DWD.

The state can apply for additional funding as more counties become eligible for public assistance. 

State has locations in 30 counties to help with recovery efforts

The state has now set up 30 locations where Hoosiers affected by severe storms and flooding can receive assistance with state services as well as help applying for federal individual assistance.

State disaster recovery centers will be located in either the local WorkOne or Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) office in 22 counties that have been approved by President Bush for individual federal assistance.  These locations are staffed by representatives from both FSSA and DWD who can assist eligible individuals with applications for emergency food stamps and unemployment insurance.  Each location also has on site computers available to use for completing FEMA applications.  

In eight additional counties, the state has set up one-stop locations to help severe weather victims with questions about housing, unemployment insurance, social services and other services. FEMA and Red Cross officials are also located at most of these sites which include Bicknell, Columbus, Franklin, Martinsville, Nashville, Shelbyville, Spencer and Terre Haute.

A list of locations and addresses for the state disaster recovery centers in each county is available here: http://www.in.gov/gov/files/Press/Disaster_Recovery_Centers.pdf

Ag forums to assist farmers with disaster relief

State and federal agricultural agencies have announced three agriculture forums to address the specific relief needs of farmers and providing technical assistance for clean up and recovery.

"Farmers are resilient, hard-working people," said Indiana Agriculture Director Andy Miller. "Right now they are doing what they do best - they are getting out to their fields and livestock and putting things back together. Our goal is to make them aware of all the disaster relief available to them, including their personal home and property losses."

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), along with the Indiana Board of Animal Health, Indiana Office of the State Chemist, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Indiana Department of Insurance, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and U. S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency and Natural Resources Conservation Service, will staff hour-long Ag Forums to address things farmers need to know about individual and farm/business relief and recovery programs available to them. The Ag Forums all begin at 8 a.m. local time to allow attendees to go immediately to FEMA/State assistance centers located nearby for additional resources and assistance. Locations and dates of the Ag Forums are below:

June 23 at 8 a.m. in Jennings County

Jennings County Public Library-Room 1 and 2

2375 North State Highway 3

North Vernon

June 24 at 8 a.m. in Knox County

North Knox High School Cafeteria

11110 North State Road 159

Bicknell

June 25 at 8 a.m. in Morgan County

Morgan County Administration Building-Lucille Sadler Room

180 South Main Street

Martinsville

At the Ag Forums, and also available on ISDA's website at www.emergency.in.gov/agriculture is the "Indiana Disaster Assistance for Agriculture" checklist. This document is an overview of assistance available to farmers as a result of the flooding emergency.

 

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